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Ulster Elks begin rebuilding process by Rebecca signing Barry

By Staff Reporter

Published 08/05/2015

Excited: UIster Elks' Ricky Lee
Excited: UIster Elks' Ricky Lee

The Ulster Elks have swooped to sign US College graduate Rebecca Barry, who scored one of the most famous goals in American hockey history.

The Limerick native, who played for Ireland at U16 and U18 level, hit the wonder goal while a student on a hockey scholarship at Richmond University in Virginia.

It has been watched by almost 100,000 people online and was nominated for 'play of the year' by ESPN in 2013.

Barry's goal, which saw her lift the ball over a defender and the keeper before volleying it home, polled 35% of the vote when up against global superstars like Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

"I was delighted with the goal. There was a lot of hurling involved in it and the Americans were really taken aback by it," Barry said at the time.

Her capture is a major boost for the Elks, who have lost several members of the squad that lifted the Irish Senior Cup for the first time in March.

Canada's most-capped player Stephanie Jameson, French international Andrea Desneaux and Aine Curran will be among the absentees next season.

"We are excited to sign Rebecca and we have had several other enquiries from overseas players which we are looking at," said Elks coach Ricky Lee.

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